Sad. “Yes, when you lose something has happened. Four goals … you have to analyze it. Until this game we made it phenomenal. Not now. It can happen. It doesn’t change what comes to us. It’s a bad time but we have to look forward to it.”Hurts. “It hurts. You have to tell the truth, nobody likes a defeat. You have to continue, it’s over.”Rotations. “The squad is always involved, we are all together. Four goals are many, the plan to rotate, they will prove it. You have to keep fighting.”Only three midfielders. “When I put on a team I think he can do well. Sometimes we are wrong. There is a rival who plays and they did it well. We had mistakes that we don’t usually make. When we win we do it all and when we lose, we all together.”Is there a similarity with that elimination in the Cup with Leganés? “There are no similarities, it is not the same rival, nor the same thing … That was a double game and we lost here playing badly. This time it was not the case. We had mistakes, but it was football. You have to accept these games.”Miss Casemiro. “I was not in a position to play. There were others. We don’t have to look for excuses. We know what Case can give us, but there are no excuses.”VAR and cut the pace of the game before a comeback. “It can hurt, but that won’t change.”Why the Copa del Rey is choking. “It’s football, you could lose a League game as you could lose this. You have to think about the League.”Four goals against the best defense of Madrid in recent decades by statistics. “It’s not just the goalkeeper and the defenders, they’re all. It’s not their fault that they’ve received four goals. It’s tough, it’s true, but you don’t have to eat your head. We can accept that we can lose games.” Zinedine Zidane appreciated the elimination of Real Madrid in the Cup. The coach, in the flash interview, was disgusted by the defeat (3-4).Painful removal: “This is football. From time to time things do not go our way. We have been a difficult game, we have tried until the end and the reaction has been good. Even losing 1-4 we have believed. We must congratulate the rival, it’s like that. We have to accept defeat. It’s the team we have. We fought until the end. We made defensive mistakes and we weren’t good in the first half. We had difficulties and the Royal Society played well. This is football. I’m sad. yes, but when something is lost, it has happened. We must keep thinking that this is long. There is a game on Sunday and that’s it. Think about the next game. “His worst day on the bench in Madrid?: “No. In the game no, but in the defeat yes. Four goals at home is difficult, but nothing needs to be changed. We must continue with what we are doing. It was known that there are difficult games in the season and the rival He deserved the victory. “I walk ahead: “The message is to follow. We will not change anything we want to do. It hurts, because losing does not like anyone. We must accept it.”Crucial low: “Casemiro was wrong and that’s why he has been out. There are more players who also play and fight and today we had to do it with those who were.”Hobby. “It has been spectacular. They were with us supporting the players. They thought it could. We thank them. In the end we have to continue. These are complicated moments because we had not received goals for a long time and today we got four. Something has happened . We will rectify and analyze what happened to us. “Afterwards, Zidane went through the press room of the Santiago Bernabéu to analyze the elimination of Real Madrid from the Cup.Sensations. “Feeling bad because we lost at home. We tried until the end. The second part was better. With 1-4 we tried, we fought. It was not possible because the opponent played very well. We were bad in the first part in the pressure. Then we had defensive mistakes. We were able to get the room, but we will get things to learn for the future. “
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Setters usually take a backseat when it comes to being the face of a team, but Rhea Dimaculangan is no ordinary playmaker.Dimaculangan steered Petron to the title-clinching Game 3 win, 25-22 26-24, 25-23, over rival F2 Logistics for Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference title Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Generika-Ayala had the most players who won individual awards with Marivic Meneses taking the 1st Best Middle Blocker Award with Patty Orendain being named the 2nd Best Outside Spiker, and Kath Arado as the Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next She is just second setter to win an MVP in a PSL conference after the legendary Tina Salak, who led the Philippines to a bronze medal in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, won the award in the 2014 All-Filipino Conference.Dimaculangan said her MVP plum is not just an award for her individual skills, but a testament to their team’s cohesiveness and willingness to help each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m ecstatic because I know I wouldn’t have done this without the help of my teammates,” said Dimaculangan in Filipino. “We’re a family and we help each other through the ups and downs.”Dimaculangan had 31 excellent sets, on top of her three points, to lead the Blaze Spikers to their fourth title in the PSL—the most in the league. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “This award is for all members of the team because each and every one of us worked hard and sacrificed for the championship,” said Dimaculangan.And it wasn’t just Dimaculangan who featured in the individual awards table with teammate Aiza Maizo-Pontillas joining her Petron teammate.Maizo-Pontillas, who was also Dimaculangan’s teammate in University of Santo Tomas, was named the Best Opposite Hitter of the league.Cignal hitters Mylene Paat and Rachel Anne Daquis were named Best Scorer and 1st Best Outside Spiker, respectively.Cargo Mover Kim Fajardo was named the Best Setter of the tournament while her teammate Mary Joy Baron was awarded the 2nd Best Middle Blocker.ADVERTISEMENT Not again: Rockets’ Chris Paul strains another hamstring View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST COMPASSIONATE, THE MOST MERCIFUL. All praise belongs to Allah; and may His peace and blessings be upon His Prophet, his household, his companions and all those who rightly follow their foot-steps. Ameen!Since the emergence of the pandemic disease-Ebola on the Liberian soil some months ago, individuals as well as groups continue to give a name, appellation or description to the virus of this killer disease. Its virus has sadly engulfed not only Liberia and its people with, but also some other countries, African and non-African countries. Its germs continue to adversely affect the lives of the peoples in those countries. What is more worrisome in the premises is that up to now, there is no definite cerement for it. In consequence of this, some called it as a “curse” and others termed it as “trial”.In as much as the emergence of such deadly disease is sadden; nonetheless, discourse of this kind is indeed fascinating and more impressive. In that, when done intellectually in good-faith, it would prayerfully have the tendency of encouraging intellectual discourse in other areas of our social life as people belonging to a nation. Moreover, it would also hopefully become something that will, by Allah’s grace, help instill in our in people, particularly the youth-who are the hope and future actors of our Nation, a sense of spiritual pausing, reflection and mature judgment!In other words, if Liberians could find logic in discussing the issue of ebola intellectually, there is reason to believe that it could serve as opening of a page of the finest chapter in the history of Liberia in matters appertaining to decision making process of our Nation problems. The fact is that, the gravity of the ebola and its adverse affects is as serious as pandemically contagious as it is. It may interest readers to know that so are the cases of “curse” and “trial”. For “curse”, in general terminology, can be classified, as a kind of expression that is used to condemn, execrate, imprecate and/or maledict a person or group of people, including a community or nation. Of course, reason for pouring such denouncement varied, but it usually centers on the commission of an act that the curser regards to be wrongful or evil. While trial is a method of testing one’s true character, nature and/or quality. This trial can be done for spiritual or material purpose and either be good or bad. However, all in all, it end objective is to test an individual or group; so as to serve as an opportunity for correction and rehabilitation. Al-Qur’an-the Holy Scripture of Al-Islam is replete with the description of the various kinds of “curse” and “trial”.So, as students of theology, we think it behooves us that we partake in their discussion; so as to share our view in the premises. Our aim and objective is that our participation will prayerfully be contributive and meaningful in arriving at a conclusion that will be impressive and fascinating in matters of national debate. Our desire in the premise is to do so within the context of Al-Islamic jurisprudence. With this in mind, we would like to first make crystal and clear that, generally, humans are imperfect beings imbued with limited knowledge; and as students, we entertain no objection or hesitation in humbly and profoundly recognizing, appreciating and admitting with unmitigated conviction that this fact is undisputable and hence, we can in no way be an exception to such limitation.It is therefore our earnest supplication that Allah will guide us in our endeavor to appreciate the true meaning of both “curse” and “trial”. For it is held that human life is like a restless sea, full of see-saw and wonders; something that is always in a state of perpetual turmoil that is usually caused by the waves of events. It goes without saying therefore, unless humans adapt themselves to the process of brief pausing and sober reflection, they will not be able to make a mature judgment. Within this, Al-Qur’an maintains that human as sociable beings; and as such, “There is nothing useful nor reliable for a purpose or efficient in a function in much of their secret counsel and in the thoughts they convey reciprocally in talk uttered below their breath unless it be in accord with wisdom and piety to the end that it enjoins benevolence, equity and the inducement to peace among people and to principle of justice. And he whose lines of character are broad and clear as to feature willingness to comply with divine principles for the sake of piety shall be a recipient of Allah’s grace; We (Allah) will requite him with a great reward”(4:114).In another Scriptural assertion, the Holy Book of Al-Islam echoes that the felicity of human depends on the availability of personalities who are dedicated and committed to enjoining people to: “conformity of life and conduct to the requirements of divine and moral law and forbid all that is wrongful and obscene; such-like person shall reap the fruits of victory here and Hereafter” (3:104).Interestingly, no one in Liberia or the world for that matter, that do want to “be a recipient of Allah’s grace”; a grace that is an embodiment of all that is good, prosperous, wealthy and felicitous. By the same trend there is no one who does not want to “reap the fruits of victory”. Of course, there would be a variance in the end desire, inclination and purpose. Perhaps it is against this background that the Holy Scripture of Al-Islam avers thus: “That you endeavour (you people) to attain your goals is diverse, to some, righteousness be but a goal to their will, other in vanity they waste their days, others compromise between opposite motives and exercise adjustment of rival courses of action, and others attain it through benefaction. So that he who gives gratuitously and fears Allah indeed, and solemnly believes in deeds imprinted with wisdom and piety and that the end crowns the deed, will We (Allah) facilitate his task and lead him to the facile and ready course. But he who is niggardly and thinks he is self-sufficient and exercises greed, and denies the Day of Judgment and the requital that is commensurate with one’s deed, will We (Allah) allow his course to what is miserable, unfavourable and bad; nor will his material advantages save him from the internal abode which is dark, troublesome and sad,” (92:4-11).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
We pause to note the passing at age 77 in Texas, USA of Yancy Peters Flah, a distinguished Liberian, a son of Grand Gedeh County, a youth advocate and an educator. No doubt many of his generation will remember him for many different things that marked his sojourn among us. For me, he was first and foremost a molder of the character of Liberian youth through the National YMCA and in many classrooms in our country and abroad.Born in Bangloh, Konobo District, Grand Gedeh County on March 15, 1937, he was sent at an early age to Zwedru where he began his education at the Assemblies of God Mission schools. Monrovia and CWA followed in the early 1950s. He received a high school diploma from CWA in 1957, enrolled at the University of Liberia the following year, graduating subsequently with a BA degree in History. He was certified with a diploma at Teachers’ College of the University and embarked on secondary school teaching before moving on in 1964 to graduate studies at the prestigious Syracuse University in New York. In 1966 he obtained a Masters degree in History.Yancy soon returned home to the University of Liberia where he served variously as chairperson of the Business Department, Instructor of History, Dean of Students’ Affairs, Assistant Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History. He left the University only in 1977 when appointed by President William R. Tolbert, Jr. as Principal of the then newly established Zwedru Multilateral High School in Grand Gedeh County. He would serve in that capacity through 1980 when the circumstances of the Military Coup d’état of that year would bring him back to Monrovia and to largely uneventful political appointments including Deputy Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, 1983 to the end in 1990 of the regime of President Samuel K. Doe.But it was Yancy Peters Flah the youth leader that may remain his greatest legacy. Shortly upon his arrival in Monrovia for school, he was instrumental in the formation of the Krahn Youth Association (KYA) devoted to assisting fellow youths from Grand Gedeh navigate the challenges of life in the Capital city. A fortuitous introduction to the African-American Secretary General of the YMCA of Liberia, David N. Howell (1906-1984) ensued. This was his opening, an opportunity he would use to maximum benefit. Employed initially as a messenger by the YMCA, a popular Christian philanthropic organization, he and David Howell worked together so well that before long Yancy Peters Flah and David Howell became synonymous with YMCA/Liberia, as the “Y” impacted the lives of scores if not hundreds of high school and college students in Monrovia and beyond.This is how I met Yancy Peters Flah when I arrived from Grand Bassa County as a freshman student at the University of Liberia in 1961. As he had a decade earlier learned his way around Monrovia through the KYA and the YMCA, my introduction to Monrovia society was the YMCA and the National Student Christian Council (NSCC). The learning experience was spectacular. There was more. It was my good fortune to be a part of the Liberian delegation to the First All-Africa Christian Youth Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya in 1962. A delegation led by the late Rev. Canon Burgess Carr (1935-2012) included Yancy Peters Flah, Kenneth Y. Best, Gladys Kiawon Johnson, Henry Reed Cooper, and Charles Minor. What an opportunity!Early in his career, Yancy was called upon by President Tolbert to serve as the National Orator for July 26, 1974. Then serving as chair of the History Department at the University, his 15-page oration delivered in Zwedru where the national celebrations were held was titled “The Dynamism of our Times: Speedy Evolution.” In it he brought the historian’s mind to major turning points in the country’s history, punctuating the evolutionary rise toward a more inclusive national society. And then he spoke of the Liberian youth: “I believe in youth. I know any one who does has the present and the future on his side, for adults are leaders of yesterday and today, and youth are leaders of today and tomorrow. Unless we lead them now they may lead us in the direction of their choice.” These are indeed prescient words to ponder in our times of crisis and of opportunity!Our condolences to his widow Violet Harron Flah, children, and his entire family. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Canada cocaine bustFour months after being sought by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), in connection with a drug bust in Canada, businesswoman Rosemary Singh is still on the run.According to the initial report, Singh, of Ramsingh Street, Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was reportedly spotted by Police in neighbouring Suriname after she allegedly fled the country by boat.This was confirmed by sources, who noted that drug enforcement officers in Suriname were trying to locate the woman.When contacted, CANU Head, retired Major General Michael Atherly told Guyana Times that the woman was yet to be arrested.Nevertheless, Atherly noted that CANU and its Canadian counterpart are working together and are continuing their investigations into the matter.Singh, the proprietor of Rose Bar located in Section C Enterprise, ECD, is wantedWanted: Rosemary Singhfor questioning by CANU in relation to the cocaine bust in Canada, involving a bauxite shipment that departed Guyana.On September 15, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) carried out a major drug enforcement exercise during which they seized 81 kilograms of cocaine at the Port of Valleyfield.The drug was found concealed in the hold of a vessel – Jacqueline C – carrying bauxite from Linden, from where the ship departed.“After an initial search of the vessel, signs led us to concentrate on the front of the boat. And after a vigorous search, the cocaine was found concealed in bags in the hold of the vessel,” CBSA Deputy Director Alain Surprenant was quoted as saying in subsequent reports.Four people were arrested, two of whom – 48-year-old Nazir Ahmad Hussain and 36-year-old Roldan De Gorio Tito – were charged with conspiracy to import drugs for the purpose of trafficking.According to a statement on the RCMP’s website, investigations revealed that the seized drug was headed for the Toronto and Vancouver markets.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Petroleum Association held their 10th Annual Oilmen’s Family Camp over the weekend at Peace Island Park in Taylor.This event was an opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a weekend of camping, boating, barbeques and even a duck race.On Saturday, the Oilmen held an awards ceremony where they honoured two of their members for their ongoing involvement and support in the oil and gas industry.- Advertisement -The Oilman of the Year award went to Art Jarvis, with Dave Marshall receiving the Ivor Miller Award.Oilmen’s President Dustin Stirling and Local MP Bob Zimmer were in attendance to congratulate and thank the oilmen for their continued support and involvement in the oil and gas industry.
LOS ANGELES – An hour before Sunday’s game, Lakers coach Phil Jackson was joking about the possible outcomes involved with starting rookie guard Von Wafer in Kobe Bryant’s place against the Utah Jazz. There was the possibility of being down by 20 points right away with Wafer starting or being up by 20 “accidentally,” as Jackson put it, “because the Lord strikes him with lightning or something.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHe was matched up against Utah’s Gordan Giricek and Devin Brown and played alongside Sasha Vujacic in the backcourt. The Lakers were outscored 14-6 with Wafer in the game and struggling at the start of the second quarter. Wafer came into Sunday having played all of six games and 19 minutes as a rookie. Jackson remains high on Wafer, who has hit only two of 13 shots this season, and has spoken of the second-round pick as an “unstoppable” scorer in practice. Forward Lamar Odom denied a report that he had gone to Lakers management and asked where he stood in respect to a potential Ron Artest trade. “That’s a rumor,” Odom said. “I wouldn’t do anything like that. It’s not my place.” Forward Ronny Turiaf had more fouls (eight) than rebounds (seven) in two games with the CBA’s Yakima (Wash.) Sun Kings this weekend. Turiaf, a Lakers’ second-round draft pick, is trying to return to basketball after undergoing heart surgery … Center Chris Mihm has seven people staying with him in advance of the Rose Bowl … Jackson said there is no timetable for guard Aaron McKie’s return from a torn quadriceps tendon. Never mind that it was Sunday and raining in Los Angeles. Jackson decided against starting Wafer – going instead with forward Luke Walton – but did give the 20-year-old the most meaningful minutes of his young career. Wafer checked in with 1:31 left in the first quarter, had two points and played more than six minutes. But Wafer couldn’t get his shot to fall. He missed three open jumpers and two of four free throws.
GOLETA – Three people were killed and at least one person was critically wounded Monday when a postal employee opened fire in a postal station in this seaside city that is located adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara, authorities reported. The shooting took place about 9:15 p.m., Capt. Keith Cullom of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department told The Associated Press. “The suspect is still not apprehended,” Cullom said shortly after 10 p.m. Sheriff’s spokesman Erik Raney told KCAL-TV (Channel 9) that the shooter was believed to be a postal employee. He said the shooting took place at a station where mail is handled. The TV station quoted a fire department official as saying a third person died from injuries at a local hospital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The postal station is located across the street from a fire station, just a few blocks from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Cullom said people ran to the fire station to report the shooting. “One of our firefighters did remove one of the injured that was near the door,” he said. Two people were taken to a hospital, and Cullom said they were listed in critical condition.
REVEALED whoops Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Premier League Stories 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January no dice deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has been the subject of a transfer bid from Inter Milan, according to latest reports.The France international is out-of-favour at the Etihad and he has yet to feature for Pep Guardiola’s side this season in any competition. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mangala, 27, spent the second half of last season on loan at Everton but he made just two appearances for the Toffees due to injury.The central defender is desperately seeking a return to first-team action ahead of the January transfer window with his time in the Premier League seemingly up.And it would appear that Inter are ready to throw Mangala a lifeline as, according to Football Italia, the San Siro giants have tabled a ‘low-cost’ bid for the Frenchman.While details of the exact amount have not been revealed, Inter believe they can snap the defender up on the cheap, with the Italians reportedly valuing Mangala at around £12million. These latest reports are likely to spark several other interested clubs into action, with Mangala attracting interest from around Europe ahead of the January window. shining huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED REAL DEAL
Murray said playing for a title against Federer was more memorable than making the third round at Wimbledon. “I was not expected to reach the finals in the start of the tournament,” he said. “Only at 18 and to play the finals of an ATP tournament gives me a lot of confidence for the future.” Korea Open Hard-serving Nicole Vaidisova rallied past top-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia-Montenegro, 7-5, 6-3, to win in Seoul, beating a weakened opponent who almost quit. Vaidisova, a 16-year-old Czech seeded second, entertained the crowd by grunting, yelling and punching the air in winning her second WTA title. She reached the fourth round of last month’s U.S. Open and made the third round of Wimbledon. “It was definitely a little shaky,” she said. “There were a lot of shots I could have done. … But on the key points I played better.” Other events Russia’s Igor Andreev rebounded from a first-set wipeout to defeat Italy’s Filippo Volandri at the Palmero International in Sicily, 0-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the final for his second ATP title. China’s Yan Zi won her first WTA singles title, capturing the Guangzhou (China) International when Spain’s Nuria Llagostera Vives stopped in the second set because of a strained left hamstring. Jonas Bjorkman defeated third-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-6 (4), to win the inaugural Vietnam Open for his first ATP title since 2002. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Belgian held the No. 1 ranking briefly in 2003 but sat out almost the entire 2004 season with a wrist injury. Clijsters won 195 points this weekend and plans to play at next week’s tournament in Filderstadt, Germany. Sharapova has 4,808 points, followed by Davenport with 4,619 and Clijsters with 4,201. Sharapova withdrew from the China Open last week because of a chest injury and Davenport because of back problems. Thailand Open Roger Federer captured the tournament for the second straight year, defeating British teenager Andy Murray, 6-3, 7-5. Federer, ranked No. 1, has won 24 consecutive ATP finals, including seven this season. “I had to work hard to get to this point,” Federer said. “There are tough challengers, but not this week. I’m amazed with myself, and hopefully I’ll keep doing this in the future.” Clijsters, who won her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, used a strong backhand to pressure Groenefeld and hit two aces to end the first set. Groenefeld regrouped and tied it 4-4 in the second, but the top-seeded Clijsters stepped up her game. Clijsters beat Groenefeld in their only other meeting in July, winning, 6-4, 6-0, in a semifinal in Stanford. Kim Clijsters moved closer to reclaiming the No. 1 ranking, defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany, 6-2, 6-4, Sunday to win the Fortis Championships a fifth time. The third-ranked Belgian has won 26 of 27 matches and is closing in on top-ranked Maria Sharapova and No. 2 Lindsay Davenport, both of whom are injured.